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Post Judge a book by its cover.
It is said you should never judge a book by its cover, but first impressions make the book in many cases. How affected are you by this first impression?

As a novelist, I try to intrigue with the cover. On my website I have created a tab showing the genesis of the idea, the art and the final product. I look forward to this discussion.

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Perhaps the text should be pearlescent and/or red. What's the story about?



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You are so right.

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first impressions make the book in many cases.


I'm not sure I would pick this book up if I saw it in the book store. It reminds me of ... an old Science Fiction novel.
This Island Earth by Raymond F. Jones, later made into a Sci-Fi movie by the same name.

I mean no offense. It's only my first reaction.


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Post Zahir, the one with the evil eye.
Interesting thought on the title color, I will take it to heart.

I started this book thinking I would use the chupacabra as the central theme, but I needed a spin. I didn't want to write about more traditional creatures or dieviant humans. In one of the chupacabra sightings the farmer involved called it a Zahir. That's what i used.

Oil exploration in the Amazon delves too deep and wakens the defenders, the Zahir. An exploration team goes missing and a rescue is organized. Deep in the Amazon no one gets out alive.

That's a brief description. I have received very good feedback on this one and will be converting it to a screen play this summer.

Thanks for asking,

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I may pick this book up and give it a go, but you have to stick around booktalk in case I want to discuss it!

Also, I think the creep needs some dirt on his face. Micro-textures or something to hide a bit of the artificial look. Maybe a pimple on the left cheek! :mrgreen:



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Post Thanks for the input.
That is exactly the type of input an author needs. And yes, I will be around here long term. I think this is a great site and have high hopes for introducing my work and getting more ideas from all the members.

Again, thanks. On my website is a tab with the concepts and finals of all my books if you care to take a look.

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Maybe a pimple on the left cheek!


:laugh2:

That is too funny!

You are on to something though. A little less artificial looking. But gjswriter has definitely got something.

Nice site BTW. You've peeked my interest, Gjs.


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Post Thanks for the comments.
I am already working on the cover for my next book and will keep your input in mind because this one will be more challenging than the other four. In fact, i will end up doing modified covers for the already produced books when I do second editions.

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Based purely off the cover, I probably wouldn't read it. I don't know why. But that's just off seeing only the cover without reading the summary or the first few pages.

I tend to go based off the summary more than just the cover. I've been known to read books that have no cover art at all.



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Post Thanks for the input.
I haven't had a chance to get on in a while but I do appreciate everyone's insight. I have to admit, I do let the cover affect my judgment. Especially when I am making a decision on genera. I will gravitate to an attractive or intriguing cover and then read the back or the first few pages. Given that, I may never even give the other book a chance. One of my issues is that I do book reviews (Un-Paid) for readingnewmexico.com. This means that I get to do both, judge the book and the cover, I find that many times the cover does tell the tale; for better or worse.

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Hey gjswriter,
If you feel like giving a professional opinion of the cover of my essay I sure would appreciate it. Scroll down on the left side of BT's screen and there is a picture there. The title is A Cry From The Heart. Double click and it takes you to Amazon and you can see a larger image. I went to your site but your email (and BookTalk's) doesn't allow me to attach an image. Hope all is well with you and yours and welcome to this nice place we call BookTalk.org Lawrence



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Post A Cry From The Heart.
Lawrence,

I tried to find the essay on Amazon. Not much luck. Send me a link or the pic to gjswriter@yahoo.com and I would be glad to take a look. As for a professional opinion... Well, I am not sure four books qualifies me, but we take what we can get. Good luck.

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go to my web site http://acryfromtheheart.com and you can see the cover and there is also a hypertext to amazon. Or...if you send me your land address via pm I'll send you a copy absolutely free. Much thanks. Lawrence



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Post A Cry From The Heart.
I will check it out. I do have a question. On the books I sell on Amazon, or Lulu, or B&N, I make from 2 to 78 cents. Yet if I sell them on my own (My own company, printed for me and stocked) I get substantially more for each book, even though they are the same actual price in all places. Do you find this is true as well? I always try to push people to the authors website because of this.

P.S. I am taking this from a strict self-pub consideration.



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